I just finished writing about the new(ish) 4MP Cruiser from Imou – went off on holiday (to the UK) and I’ve returned to find the new Imou KNIGHT 4K camera sitting here waiting for me! Bang goes another spare microSD I guess 🙂 (the SD is only required if you need event recording and don’t wish to use the cloud).
Right, I have an inexpensive 32GB Sandisk Ultra 32GB in front of me. Underneath the waterproof cover on the bottom of the camera is a slot fo the microSD (bearing in mind that it is nigh-on impossible to insert these the wrong way around) and a reset button. The SD is now inserted, time to hook up the 220v power and mounting adaptors, the latter being identical to that used on the Imou Cell 2 camera I wrote about back in January.
Bearing in mind that I’m averse to reading manuals, this is looking easy up to now. The SD is in, camera is plugged into the mains using the detachable plug-in-the-wall power unit and is turned on. There’s a green light flashing on the camera next to the lens.
My Android phone is on and the free Imou APP is open and signed in. After hitting the + on the far right of the screen, I’m asked to scan the QR code on the camera. Sure enough, it has scanned and offered to save the scan to my library for future use.
The APP then wants me to ensure the green light was still on – it is. The App wants to connect to the device’s temporary hot-spot. Done. “Connection successful”. Done. Now it wants the password for one of my home WiFi points – I’ve given it one of the 5Ghz points nearby – many cameras won’t let you do that.
Do I want to change the home page layout? No. Do I want to rename the device, yes. Do I want to change region and timezone (separately) – yes. Odd selection of regions but near enough. I also changed the date format just because I could. I think I’ll write to Imou about the region names. “Spain” would have been nice.
Would I like to use the free trial of their cloud service? No thanks. At this point the new camera appeared in my list of cameras, ready to go.
I did notice an exclamation mark on the SD symbol. Storage error – formatting (well, I was using it on a Raspberry Pi previously). Am I sure I want to format this storage device? The label said “formatting” – I assume they meant “Format”. I pressed the button and the SD started formatting – seconds later – Done.
The camera has “Intrusion Detection” and “Cross Line Detection” – the latter is a new one on me. “Bounding Box” seems obvious.
There is also an option for “AI Detection” but that is tied up with “Imou Protect” – the Imou cloud service. I can set up local storage rules including schedule and video resolution (for the latter, options are merely “High Definition” and “Standard Definition”.
HDR can be turned on and off and I can alter the WLAN at any time (the device can clearly connect by RJ45 if required).
There are options to turn that (now solid) green light on and off, a device beep on and off, encryption on and off and more. It looks like this device can be made as simple or convoluted as desired.
At this point I see the camera (sitting on my desk upside down) is recording movement and I’m getting maybe two second lag, quality is claimed to be 4K, image is slightly fish-eyed and there are no compression artifacts that I can see, i.e pretty much as I found with my 4MP Cruiser from the same company.
There is no pan and tilt on this one – no sign of pricing on Amazon yet but I did spot one European company who featured the Knight – available at 137 Euros… the same company have the 4MP Cruiser at 86 Euros – I’m a little lost as to why the 4MP Pan and Tilt Cruiser would be less expensive as that is quite new too… presumably by the time I’ve fastened the unit to the wall and left it running for a few days I’ll be able to give more detail on human detection and other operational aspects. I’ll come back on that one.
2 dsays later: The camera is still in my office – it’s a tad hot to be doing indtsllstiond outside right now, but I’ve tried the Knight both outdoors in brilliant sunshine and at night both in colour mode (with and without the floodlight) and IR monochrome – works well in all situations.